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“A must see for Van Gogh fans” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Paul de Mausolee

St. Paul de Mausolee
off D5 direction Les Baux | Next to Glanum, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
4 90 92 77 00
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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Owner description: Psychiatric centre which treated Van Gogh after he cut off his ear.
Evansville, Indiana
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“A must see for Van Gogh fans”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a beautiful piece of history, and knowing that it still serves as a place of healing for those with psychiatric issues is very meaningful. A walk down the pathway from the gate takes you past the iris beds that Van Gogh painted. There are copies of his paintings on stands where he painted them - just in front of the grounds are the olive trees from one of his works - amazing to see them! Visitors can see the artist's room and look out the window he also looked out from over a lavender field and garden. Placards have English descriptions and snippets from some of the many letters he wrote his brother, too. In the gift shop visitors can purchase paintings created by current patients as part of their art therapy and many are really quite good (I purchased one in fact). Just a short walk away are two enormous Roman monuments - a mausoleum and the archway that served as the entrance to the city.- amazing that Van Gogh never painted them! They are in remarkable condition.

Visited June 2013
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“Follow thepictures from St. Paul to Remy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Very peaceful and atmospheric. Gives you a real feel for the setting within which Van Gogh worked during his year in the Asylum. There are 20/21 display boards along a trail leading from the Asylum to the centre of St Remy which are very informative. Only one of Van Gogh's pictures is actually owned by museums in Provence - and that's a picture of a railway carriage in Musee Angladou in Avignon

Visited June 2013
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scotland
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“A great insight into Van Gogh's final year!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

In May 1889 Vincent Van Gogh self admitted himself to the St. Paul de Mausole Asylum in St. Remy de Provence following a turbulent period spent in nearby Arles when he famously cut off part of his left ear. During his year at the asylum he produced over 150 paintings including the famous 'Starry Night' which depicts the view outside his sanatorium room window and 'Irises'.

We visited the asylum (€4.5 entry fee) where they have a wing occupied by a museum which recounts the period during which the artist was confined here. They also have a reconstruction of Van Gogh's room and have a 'Van Gogh Field' where you can admire reproductions of some of the canvases at the very place they were painted. On the route to the asylum from the town you can also find 21 panels displaying reproductions of some paintings against the real backdrop giving you a chance to view the real and imaginary universes of the great artist.

A really interesting and enjoyable visit.

Visited June 2013
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Entebbe, Uganda
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“Inspirational!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I was overwhelmed to have walked in the garden here, and experienced the tranquility of the monastery where Van Gogh spent a year of his life. I look at his paintings with renewed eyes. If you love art, this is a 'must do'.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Interesting but not outstanding”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is an interesting place to visit if you are in the area and like Van Gogh. It was where he spent some time recuperating but also producing a large number of paintings.

The place was a monastery but run as a psychiatric hospital, part of which continues today. Panels showing Van Gogh's paintings are in the grounds and you can see a reproduction of the room where he stayed (not the actual one but similar). It is interesting to get a feel for the artist in the setting that he lived and see the same or similar landscapes that he painted. However, this will not be too interesting unless you are familiar with the artist and his work. To get most out of this place, you will need to know and appreciate more than the name and the enormous prices his paintings now sell for.

Visited June 2013
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